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Mukund H. Sharma

Silicon Valley
T: 650.815.2645
F: 650.815.2601
San Francisco
T: 415.434.9100
F: 415.434.3947


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2006, Public Interest Concentration
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2000
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, 2000
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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Mukund Sharma is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Sharma specializes in all areas of intellectual property law, with emphases in strategic intellectual property counseling, post-grant patent proceedings, patent prosecution, and intellectual property litigation.  

Mr. Sharma is active in the Firm’s Social Media and Games and the Firm’s Emerging Growth/Venture Capital Groups. 

Mr. Sharma also has an active pro bono practice and is a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. 

From 2006-2009, Mr. Sharma was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada.

Strategic Patent Counseling Practice

Mr. Sharma develops patent portfolios and provides strategic patent counseling for startups, mid-size companies, and large public companies. Representative clients have included:

  • cybersecurity and network security companies
  • entertainment and interactive media companies
  • startups developing mobile applications
  • digital currency providers
  • electronic commerce mobile application developers
  • emerging company making wireless access points
  • video game startups
  • large social networking companies
  • broadband mobility chip makers
  • power semiconductor companies
  • cloud infrastructure providers
  • streaming application providers
  • secure device manufacturers
  • maker of airport security and media systems

Post Grant Patent Practice

Mr. Sharma brings expertise in patent appellate proceedings. Mr. Sharma briefs ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and participates in several reexamination and post-grant proceedings, including proceedings related to pending patent litigations.

Representative reexaminations include:

  • Inter Partes Reexaminations number 95/001,543; 95/001,546; 95/001,547. Obtained dismissal of Inter Partes reexamination on statutory grounds.
  • Ex Parte Reexamination number 90/013,009. Assisted in defeating ex parte reexamination request for maker of airport security and media systems.

Litigation Practice 

Mr. Sharma supports all stages of patent cases involving electrical, computer, and mechanical technologies.

Mr. Sharma was an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada. Representative work included:

  • Conducting federal pre-trial hearings, for charges under immigration, narcotics trafficking, racketeering, and other federal criminal laws.
  • Investigating, researching, and drafting writs of habeas corpus challenging death sentences.
  • Supporting habeas corpus team representing Guantanamo Bay detainee facing death penalty in military court.

Transactional Work

Mr. Sharma supports all stages of transactions involving technology companies, particularly transactions involving transfer or management of intellectual property

Pro Bono Practice

Supported litigating writ of habeas corpus for indigent Florida inmate challenging death sentence. 

Supported investigation related to culture of municipal police department. 

Electrical Engineering Industry Experience

Worked as an ASIC designer and as a software engineer from 2000-2003 at Unisys Corp.


  • "Problems and Solutions: Patent Prosecution Tools for Litigators," 2011 Wint. Fed. Bar I.P. Legal Browser 7
  • Co-inventor in United States Patent Number 7,321,992, "Reducing Application Downtime in a Cluster Using User-Defined Rules for Proactive Failover"

Book Chapters

  • "Taking invention Disclosures Post-Alice," Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution:  2015:  A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing (Practicing Law Institute (2015).  

Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts

Video Game Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Faculty, ABA Criminal Justice Section Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2016)
  • Faculty Member, "Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution, A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing," Practicing Law Institute, 2015
  • Faculty, 28 Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime, Miami, FL (2014)
  • Guest Lecturer, Legal Issues Facing Startups, Stanford Business 110 (Winter 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2011)
  • Guest Lecturer, Restorative Themes in Criminal Justice, Western Justice Center, Pasadena, CA (Aug. 21, 2009)
  • Member of Sheppard Mullin's Pro Bono Committee
  • Associate Representative for Sheppard Mullin’s Palo Alto Office
  • Co-Chair of ABA White Collar Crime Subcommittee on Computer Crime, Intellectual Property, and Trade Secrets
  • Federal Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter
  • California Bar, Intellectual Property Section